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Ministry calls for traditional celebration of Pi Mai
15th Apr, 2014 at 1:58am
 
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism has issued an instruction calling on all central and local authorities and all Lao people across the country to preserve national customs and ensure order and safety whilst celebrating the upcoming Lao New Year (Pi Mai).

The issuing of the instruction is aimed at avoiding all forms of conduct which are neither appropriate nor customary, and returning to the way Pi Mai was celebrated by Lao people in the past.

Under the instruction, the ministry called on all members of the public to conform to notice no. 457 from the Government Office concerning the organising of Pi Mai celebrations.

The ministry has instructed that celebration parties should be moderate, avoiding extravagant expenditure.

Entertainment activities and alcohol consumption should not take place in temples or other places of worship and drinking and recreation activities should not violate the prohibitions defined by the officials.

Ablution is one of the main activities in Pi Mai celebrations alongside merit making (Baci) that Lao people have performed from ancient times.

In this regard the ministry has instructed that clean water mixed with perfume is preferred for pouring on Buddha images, elderly people and friends, while the ablution should be performed in a polite and respectful manner.

Clean water should be used for the fun activities everywhere, avoiding the use of dirty water, paint, water mixed with i rritants and other waste water. The throwing of plastic bags of water, ice or any type of dirty water at passing motorists and motorbike riders is prohibited.

Indecent public behaviour, spraying water on passers-by and vehicles, enforced drenching with water and improper behaviour towards females are not allowed, and all activities should not impede traffic.

Males and females of all ages should be dressed modestly for performing their washing of the Buddha's images, and greeting the monks in the temples. Women should wear the traditional long skirt (sinh) and modest top reflecting original Lao customs.

Women are not allowed to wear a short skirt nor skimpy tops either going to the temple or in public places during the festival.

In this regard, officials will give a warning and instructions to offenders, possibly even detaining them depending on the severity of the case.

The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism calls on all people throughout the country to respect these instructions so that the Pi Mai celebrations this year will bring only a joyful atmosphere and happiness while preserving the national customs and traditions.
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Re: Ministry calls for traditional celebration of Pi Mai
Reply #1 - 15th Apr, 2014 at 1:59am
 
Government intervention ain't fun.
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Reply #2 - 15th Apr, 2014 at 10:37pm
 
It is oriental carnival. Wet them,  Grin Grin Grin
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Reply #3 - 16th Apr, 2014 at 2:19am
 
Does anyone else shower in the dark? Cheesy
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Reply #4 - 16th Apr, 2014 at 10:05am
 
Mr. Simon Grin Grin Grin

Beef Cake wrote on 16th Apr, 2014 at 2:19am:
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Reply #5 - 16th Apr, 2014 at 8:01pm
 
eeeewwww

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Reply #6 - 18th Apr, 2014 at 11:15am
 
To think they have more important things to do. Geez
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Reply #7 - 18th Apr, 2014 at 2:36pm
 
Women are not allowed to wear a short skirt nor skimpy tops either going to the temple or in public places during the festival.


Without so, what is the fun of water day? Grin Grin Grin
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Reply #8 - 20th Apr, 2014 at 12:16pm
 
Public places are perfectly fine but I do understand the temple.
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Reply #9 - 21st Apr, 2014 at 10:00am
 
They showed pics? Grin
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Reply #10 - 24th Apr, 2014 at 10:00pm
 
The government wants to maintain some standards to prevent the culture from caving in to despicable western influence. Seems sensible to me.
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Reply #11 - 26th Apr, 2014 at 1:37am
 
You'd be living in the Third World if you are not westernized!
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Reply #12 - 2nd May, 2014 at 12:16pm
 
TexasCowboy wrote on 24th Apr, 2014 at 10:00pm:
The government wants to maintain some standards to prevent the culture from caving in to despicable western influence. Seems sensible to me.


Maybe western influence is a good thing ? Look at where
they had gotten their influence before and now.
The job of goverment is to govern, not to butt in our daily live.Next thing they gonna wanna do is bann porn  Cheesy
Comeon man, if i wanna drink myself silly shouldn't that
be my problem ? as long i don't get  in the car and drive or hurt anybody .
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Reply #13 - 3rd May, 2014 at 9:32pm
 
A staggering number of Lao people drink and drive from my experience. And the government should take initiative to discourage the drinking culture because it is counterproductive and potentially tragic.

Thailand has been thoroughly westernized and it is evident in their lack of genuine culture. I don't want to see the same thing happen in Laos.
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Reply #14 - 4th May, 2014 at 10:14am
 
It seems very restrictive though considering it is a celebration  Cheesy Cheesy
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